SEC Football: Spurrier says His 2011 Team “Exceeded Goals” Last Season

If  your team wins 11-games, when you only expected to win “8, 9, 10”, then I guess you’re doing pretty well as a coach.

That said, I don’t think many shared in Spurrier’s low expectations last season as his Gamecocks returned the bulk of their team from 2010. If anything, I would think he’d say they fell just short of doing what many felt they would—win the SEC Championship (of course, if you ask anybody about that particular perspective, they’d say the fault wasn’t Spurriers but an unfair rule that allowed Georgia to play in the game instead of South Carolina).

In any event, I suspect the expectations will be slightly tempered this season with some of the Gamecocks’ offensive weapons now gone and star tailback, Marcus Lattimore, getting back into the groove for the first time since tearing his ACL.

How Spurriers boys perform this season is anybody’s guess, but the SEC East is ripe for the picking for just about any team taking the field of play this year.

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College Football: Tennessee QB Tyler Bray Ain’t Making it Easy for His Vols

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As a Georgia Bulldog fan, I’m not going to say much about what did or did not happen to starting QB, Tyler Bray—I don’t need a slew of “pot meet kettle” comments thrown in my direction. However, I will say that whatever did go down, his head coach certainly doesn’t need the negative publicity at this juncture.

The Volunteers football program is standing at a crossroads and there are many who believe that if head coach Derek Dooley doesn’t deliver more wins, he’ll be fired. He’s on more than thin ice in Knoxville, he’s on steadily cracking, actively thawing, ice with no boat or life jacket in site; his team needs to show major improvement and he needs his starting quarterback in order to do it.

However this things pans out, this incident is bound to be a distraction and that certainly can’t be a good thing on a team where focus is needed all the way around—particularly in a year when jobs and careers could possibly be on the line.